Shipboard Weather Stations

Military  /  Offshore Platforms  /  Federal Government  /  Research Vessels  /  Commercial Vessels

Alliance Class Shipboard Weather Station

Coastal systems range from the simple weather station displaying data on a digital readout on the bridge, to an automated shipboard weather observation system that measures both starboard and port winds, computes which station is upwind, corrects it for ship's speed and heading, then delivers all that data to a designated location. Data can be directed to the ship's integrated bridge, a scientific station (research vessels), fire control center (military ships), or into the positioning system (survey vessels).

The primary requirements of shipboard weather stations are: accuracy, ease of installation, very few cables and connectors, and the ability to adapt to individual ship requirements.

Coastal's Automated Shipboard Weather Observation Products

For more information about Coastal's shipboard weather stations, download our Shipboard brochure or presentation.

Coastal's Shipboard Brochure (PDF)        Estaciones Meteorologicas a Bordo (PDF)
Coastal's Shipboard Presentation (PowerPoint)        Coastal's Shipboard Presentation (PDF)

Military Vessels


Coastal has many different types of automated shipboard weather stations on military vessels around the world. The systems are on both combatants and non-combatants. Ship size ranges from a PT boat to an aircraft carrier. Systems are single, dual or multi-point and measure parameters from simple wind speed to complete air support surface meteorology as well as water parameters.

U.S. Military        Foreign Military        NATO

Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Recruit Stephanie M. Bergman.

Offshore Oil & Gas Platform

Offshore Oil & Gas Platforms

Coastal's Platform Weather Stations are in use today in the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Persian Gulf, and essentially every sea on earth. Customers include Shell, British Petroleum, Chevron, SeaTech, TRANSAS, and numerous resellers.

Built around the WEATHERPAK, these systems are extremely rugged, accurate, reliable, and able to withstand the rigors associated with marine platform operation for many years.

For more information, download Coastal's oil and gas platform weather stations flyer.

Oil & Gas Platform Weather Stations Flyer        Plataformas meteorológicas de petróleo y gas
Estações Meteorológicas de Plataformas de Petróleo e Gás       Метеостанции для нефтегазовых платформ
石油和天然气平台气象站        محطات الطقس الخاصة بمنصات البترول والغاز

Federal Vessel

Federal Government

Coastal provides a dual wind and meteorological weather observation system to Marinette Marine for installation on the US. Coast Guard Buoy Tenders. This data feeds directly into the positioning system that holds the ship on station while tending the buoys. The Swedish Coast Guard uses Coastal weather stations on their ships. The winds are corrected using a GPS correction for both true speed and direction. The Polar Star (an IceBreaker) has a Coastal weather station deploying a 3-dimensional Sonic anemometer and various other weather sensors. They have spare ports to add any scientific sensors they may have for a special voyage.

New Marinette Marine Coast Guard Buoy Tender with Coastal System.

Research Vessel

Research Vessels

Coastal shipboard weather stations are present on many research vessels from a variety of nations. Due to the fact that many of our automated shipboard weather stations are easily moved, they often end up on ships we have never heard of until they call in for a spare part or with a service question.

Many of the UNALS fleet ships (most are connected to a University) have Coastal weather stations, along with all of the Navy TAG-60 class research ships. Several NOAA ships, the Alliance (NATO), and research vessels in Taiwan, France, Scotland, Russia and Australia also have Coastal's automated shipboard weather stations.

Multi-Point system with dual fiber optic LAN.

Commercial Vessel

Commercial Vessels

Italian container ships to luxury cruise liners use Coastal shipboard weather stations. The most popular for this type of duty is the WEATHERPAK®, a single point weather station that installs or can be removed for maintenance in minutes. It can take the high vibrations and electronic noise created from these ships powerful radar and ship-to-shore communication systems. The automated shipboard weather station is essentially the same, but how the data is displayed can vary widely depending on the vessel. Luxury liners have large, easy to read vacuum fluorescent displays where a container vessel just feeds the NMEA 0183 formatted data directly into its navigational system.

Cruise ship with three WEATHERPAK®s.

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